Protein Packed Asian Edamame Quinoa

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Protein Packed Asian Edamame Quinoa

This plant-based Asian Edamame Quinoa is packed with protein!

asian edamame quinoa

Hi friends!

Quinoa is one of those foods I keep in bulk.  As a mainly plant-based eater you can’t beat the nutrients and protein packed in this little grain.  One cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein PLUS fiber, magnesium, folate, Vitamin B-6, selenium and potassium.  It’s quite magical in my opinion.

I put quinoa is salads, use it as a side dish or whip up main dishes like this Asian Edamame Quinoa.  It’s packed all sorts of yummy plant-based protein in one easy to put together package.

asian edamame quinoa

This Asian Edamame Quinoa is Vegetarian & Vegan!

I got the inspiration for the asian flavors with the quinoa from a dish I ate at Tupelo Honey in Asheville many moons ago.  Their version was part of another dish but I thought it was so tasty and would make a great vegetarian main course.  To make my version I chopped red bell pepper and green onions, plus grabbed a handful of pre-cut julienned carrots.

They result was practically a rainbow of veggie color.

asian edamame quinoa

My secret ingredients are some beautiful sesame oil AND golden raisins.  The sesame oil really solidifies that asian flavor and the golden raisins give a subtle sweetness to the dish.

asian edamame quinoa

The result is something colorful, beautiful and so tasty.  Above all it is super healthy and is a high protein vegetarian dish.  It’s also vegan too!

asian edamame quinoa

It is perfect for a light dinner or you can make a big batch to eat for lunches all week.  It can keep well in the fridge for several days.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

asian edamame quinoa

asian edamame quinoa

Asian Edamame Quinoa

Edamame and quinoa are two of my favorite protein packed vegetarian foods. I combine them in this Asian Edamame Quinoa!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Potluck
Cuisine Asian, vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth, or water *
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 lime, juiced


  • In a medium sauce pan put the quinoa in the vegetable broth with the salt. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Turn the burner to simmer and cover. The quinoa should be cooked in about 15 minutes.
  • Combine the cooked quinoa with the edamame, carrots, red peppers, scallions and raisins.
  • Whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey and lime to make the dressing.
  • Stir the dressing into the quinoa mixture, coating everything well.
  • Serve warm or cold.


* If you don't have broth, you can cook the quinoa in water. The broth brings more flavor to the dish.
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By | 2020-05-28T22:24:41-04:00 May 10th, 2018|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|22 Comments


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  3. Nadia July 9, 2018 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    can I use red wine vinegar instead of the rice wine vinegar??

  4. Ramona May 18, 2018 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I love the idea of this salad. I’m such a quinoa fan! The colours in this salad are so inviting and healthy looking. Definitely a must make and have. My family would love this. Thank you so much Julie for sharing this delicious recipe. ????

  5. 5 stars
    My, what a vibrant salad! I could see packing this for a fabulous picnic lunch (I’ve been on a picnic kick since the weather is finally gorgeous here). The addition of the raisins for subtle sweetness is brilliant!

  6. Brian Jones May 17, 2018 at 3:33 am - Reply

    5 stars
    That looks so colourful a big plate of summer, loving the flavours you have got going on too!

  7. Lisa Ballantyne May 10, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Looks wonderful, and follows the rule of thumb for those like me who are diabetic: “High Protein, Low Carb!”

  8. Erinn May 10, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

    golden raisins and edamame!! Yum!!

  9. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real May 10, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Yum! I need to up my Asian inspired food game since I haven’t made anything in so long.

  10. Natalie June 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    This looks so delish!! Love all of these ingredients – I would totally make this for lunch or dinner. Such pretty colors too!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kyra @ Vie De La Vegan March 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Yum, this looks delicious Julie! You know, I’ve never actually had edamame…I’ve never seen it here 🙁 but I’ll have to make this recipe without it. I love healthy lunches with quinoa!

  12. I’m not really a fan of golden raisins, but this looks amazing. I love asian food and love that you used quinoa in this! Will definitely be trying this one out!

  13. Jess @hellotofit March 12, 2015 at 10:24 am - Reply

    I love making quinoa “fried rice”, and this recipe looks awesome! I definitely have to re-set my eating habits after being out of town. I’m bad about getting my veggies in while away…

  14. tiff @ love, sweat, & beers March 12, 2015 at 8:54 am - Reply

    This looks great! I love sweet dried fruits paired with savory/salty flavors, like soy sauce.

  15. All of my fave ingredients! Looking forward to your Hunter boots styles

    • JulieWunder March 12, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Thanks! I love mine and have worn them all winter.

  16. Susie @ SuzLyfe March 12, 2015 at 6:30 am - Reply

    LOVE the addition of the golden raisins! Great idea!

    • JulieWunder March 12, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

      I was feeling kind of inspired the day I made this!

  17. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie March 12, 2015 at 6:11 am - Reply

    I just started eating quinoa (I know, I know…so late on the bandwagon) and am loving it! This recipe looks amazing!

  18. Blane Sherer March 12, 2015 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Looks good : very colorful.
    Looking forward to Fashion Friday.

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